When I got married three years ago, I always described it as my “life started.” It was a new and exciting phase of life that made me leave my home, move to a different country, and experience joys and hardships with my forever best friend.
However, I’ve made way too many excuses in the last three years that have outweighed the good. I’ve made choices in my marriage that would be classified as “taking the easy way out.”
I was always afraid of failure and disappointing the people I cared about. I wanted to be good at something and I wanted to pursue that good thing for the rest of my life. But as soon as I got negative feedback or failed to pass a license exam, I would immediately step back, be discouraged, and slowly walk away from that passion in life.
So what would I do next?
Jump from one career or life decision to another and wallow in self-pity because I was content with that. It was very hard for me to understand what I was supposed to do in this life.
How often we try to justify our questionable activities
or lazy inactivity to the Lord and think that
He is somehow impressed with
stories that are nothing more than excuses?
We know it and the Lord knows it! It’s a wonder that God doesn’t call out to us from heaven, “Excuses, excuses! All I ever hear are excuses!”
But the Lord says:
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. | Hebrews 12:1-2
The culture of this world is so good at
drawing our attention away from Jesus.
My excuses have been drawing my attention away from Jesus. When I live this life in fear and deprive myself of the joys, the happiness, and the purpose my God is giving me, then of course I’m going to live this life in self-pity.
By doing and feeling all those things, I’m living a life of sin, a life that God doesn’t intend or want me to live through. But here is a promise: there is great joy in the discovery of His purpose when we trust in Him rather than our feelings or pressures from other people. A promise that was given to us on the cross. Jesus died for you and me so that our lives wouldn’t be sinking in sin but that our salvation would be the very reason we float above it.
If you’ve never received forgiveness for your sin,
Christ invites you to receive it today through faith in Him.
If you have received forgiveness and new life through Christ, He invites you to stop giving Him your excuses, because He has a specific direction for your life. He will use you, even if you feel you aren’t the most ideal candidate by this world’s standards, and He will enable you to rely on His strength, day-by-day, to remain faithful to His plans for you.
Don’t let your excuses deprive you of a sweet relationship with Christ and pursuing good things during your time in this world. Be proactive in the Lord’s work, be diligent and work hard at the things he lays out before you with all joy. In all things bearing fruit and bringing glory to His name.
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. | Colossians 3:23-24